Pomfret Fish Fry

Pomfret Fish Fry

Kerala Style Pomfret fish fry

When you are in Kerala, almost every house during lunch or dinner you will have a fish fry on the table. It is a must for all the non-vegetarians in Kerala. Specially we come from a coastal region and get fish in abundance. We have grown up eating different varieties of fish.

Me and family, and I think almost most of them who eat fish, will agree that white pomfret fish is one of the most tastiest fish when prepared in any form. The fish bones for the pomfret is very soft and you can chew and swallow it.  Pomfret fry is more tasty. You can have the fried fish with rice and fish gravy.

Let’s move on to this super easy recipe of how to prepare the pomfret fish fry. The ingredients are very less.


1 medium size white Pomfret fish
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
1/2 to 1 tsp of water
Oil for shallow frying

For garnish:
Fresh Onion rings
1 or 2 wedges of Lemon


  • Clean the fish. If you want to remove the head you can.
  • Make slits on both the sides.
  • Mix together in a plate, turmeric, red chilly, black pepper, lemon juice and salt. Add 1/2 tsp of water to make a paste like consistency.
  • Rub the paste on to the fish on both the sides.
  • Keep it covered for around 10-15 minutes.
  • Take a non stick frying pan and make it hot. The pan should be medium hot.
  • Add 1 tsp of oil. Once hot place the fish.
  • Shallow fry the fish on one side. This should take around 5-7 minutes.
  • Now flip the fish on the other side and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Once the fish is done, remove and place in a plate.
  • Serve with onion rings and lemon wedges

You can use any fish for frying. You can find the recipe on my website
Do not fry the fish for too long as Pomfret fish cooks quite fast.
Use extra oil if you are not using a non-stick frying pan.


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